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GNU Ch. 49 Part 3 – Second Wife (III)

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This is the first chapter of today’s sponsored chapters is Ch 47 Part 3.

Hearing his grandson’s words, Old Madam Zhai’s heart jumped in fright. She stroked her chest, hugged Zhai Qing’s closer, and asked in a panic: “My dear, did you sit on the ground today? The ground’s surface is so rough. How can your tender skin bear it? Let grandmother have a look. Is your butt alright?”

Hearing this, Zhai Qing suddenly twisted and refused to let his grandmother lift his clothes. He jumped off the Old Madam Zhai’s lap and said: “I’m fine! No need to look.”

“How can it be!” Old Madam Zhai exclaimed. She ordered one servant girl to fetch the ointment bestowed by the palace and let another servant boy to take the token of Cai Duke manor and run to call an imperial physician. In an instant, people in the room fell into a rushed panic. Second Madam Zhai wiped her tears and said: “It’s my fault. I didn’t pay attention for a moment and let shizi suffer such a grievance. I’m ashamed to die! So many servants looked over shizi, but he still met mishap. After Duke married a second wife, Qing ge’er would be raised by his stepmother. Would he be scolded and beaten without our knowledge?”

This remark was precisely the thorn in Old Madam Zhai’s heart. She sighed distressedly. Zhai Yanlin’s mind initially was not here, but for some reason, the word ‘second wife’ suddenly pulled him back to his sense. He stared at the chaotic scene and raised an eyebrow: “What’s happen?”

One of the servant girls wanted to please the masters, and immediately repeated Zhai Qing’s words with much exaggeration. In order to please the Duke, she deliberately described the shizi to be more tragic, and the woman from Cheng family to be very vicious. When Zhai Yanlin heard this, he was so angry that he almost laughed loudly: “Nonsense! I was also there at the time. Obviously, it’s you who deliberately release the dog and frightened the Cheng family’s womenfolk. Miss Cheng cannot let the dog harm people and ordered it to be caught. In which part she maliciously targeted you? You don’t admit your mistake, deliberately lying to shift the blame, truly making our Zhai family lose face! Someone come, take the rod, I will punish him with family law.”

When Zhai Qing heard that his father wanted to beat him with a rod, he cried out in fright. Old Madam Zhai was extremely distressed. She hugged Zhai Qing tightly and cried with him: “My dear, grandmother will accompany you!”

Second Madam Zhai also cried loudly and protected Old Madam Zhai behind her body, trying to talk reason with Zhai Yanlin and simultaneously ordered the servant girls to stop the servant who was about to fetch the beating rod. The room instantly fell into chaos once again. Zhai Yanlin stared at the messy scene before him, his head severely ached. He massaged his temple and suddenly remembered Cheng Yujin’s words from today.

Even after half a day passed, her voice, smile, and appearance were still vivid in his mind, and even her words seemed to be ringing in his ears: “Duke Cai said that you are unable to control the shizi. Is it because Duke really helpless, or simply doesn’t want to discipline your son?”

Zhai Yanlin suddenly was caught hard. His mind instantly cleared. Right, he always knew that Zhai Qing couldn’t be disciplined and never change his behavior no matter how many scoldings he got. That’s why, every time Zhai Qing committed a mistake, Zhai Yanlin has been too lazy to inquire further and immediately ordered the rod to be fetched for him to beat the child. Old Madam Zhai naturally wouldn’t allow it, and Zhai Qing would cry loudly. In the end, no punishment was delivered. After a few times, Zhai Qing knew that he would never be punished no matter what he did, and caused even more trouble. Over time, it was simply a vicious cycle. Zhai Qing became more and more lawless, Zhai Yanlin became more and more powerless, and the relationship between father and son became more and more estranged.

Cheng Yujin, who was clearly just a young girl, could see the problem at a glance and hit the remark with only a few words. Zhai Yanlin vaguely felt that he couldn’t let this situation to develop. But his son knew that his grandmother was backing him and became more and more unruly. Except for beating him with a rod, what else could Zhai Yanlin do?

Zhai Yanlinwas feeling so powerless. He sighed helplessly. An idea vaguely flashed in his mind. But before he could get a hold of it, it disappeared.

Seeing that Zhai Yanlin’s anger had been subsided, Old Madam Zhai hurriedly ordered the servants to take Zhai Qing out. She tremblingly stepped in front of Zhai Yanlin, forbidding him to beat her grandson. Zhai Yanlin was extremely helpless. He only had this one mother. How could he bear her cry? Zhai Yanlin once again was forced to turn a blind eye and let Zhai Qing to be brought out.

Seeing this, Old Madam Zhai finally sighed in relief. Her son was already a dignified Duke and was one of the important members of the court. For them to repeatedly block Zhai Yanlin was undoubtedly an offense to his authority. Old Madam Zhai gestured at second Madam Zhai: “Second child’s wife, you can go back now.”

Second Madam Zhai walked out with the rest of the servants. After the mother and son were left alone, Old Madam Zhai asked Zhai Yanlin to sit down and began to ask: “Duke, what happened today?”

Zhai Yanlin repeated the event that transpired this afternoon. However, for some reason, he omitted the part when he encountered Cheng Yujin for the first time.

Old Madam Zhai pondered: “It turned out to be Cheng family’s eldest young miss. I have long heard that she was very skillful in managing the household. She is also beautiful, with a calm and gentle temperament, virtuous and filial, and talented. She certainly will be an excellent wife. But it’s a pity that her engagement was canceled.”

“What?” Zhai Yanlin was shocked. “Her engagement was canceled?”

Zhai Yanlin’s surprise was not without reason. As a man, he really couldn’t think that someone like Cheng Yujin would have her engagement canceled. Her former fiance actually let go of such beauty, was his brain damaged?

Old Madam Zhai didn’t mind her son’s improper reaction. In fact, when she first heard about this matter, she wasn’t less surprised than Zhain Yanlin.

As Old Madam Zhai spoke, there was contemplation in her eyes: “If what you said is true, and Cheng family’s eldest girl truly can control Qing ge’er, then it’s good. She is virtuous and sensible, and also very good at managing the household. She can be your second wife.”


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23 thoughts on “GNU Ch. 49 Part 3 – Second Wife (III)”

  1. Thanks for the chapter.

    And now this cannon fodder family are planning to offer up themselves to the ML. I will not shed any tears

  2. Yumo irritates me so much that the day she sees Yujin walk off as the future empress, I will celebrate. I want her to drown with vinegar lol.

  3. It’s not going to happen!
    Old Madam you really know how to talk. The reason she can discipline your grandson is because nobody stopped her, but are you going to bear to see it unaffected? And what is it? Talking like our Jin’er didn’t have other choice!
    Thanks for the chapters!!!!

  4. Dream on, Old Madam! Yujin isn’t desperate enough to marry into your problematic household when she can do so much better!

    Thank you for the mass release <3

  5. “She can be your second wife.” what an offensive declination 🙄🙄🙄😒

    Thanks for the chapter 😘

      1. no it’s not, and this Old Madam surely knows the etiquette, but she is so arrogant she may think others may dance at her tune just because she’s the Old Madam of a Duke’s mansion.

        She is trying to make a top notch material noble girl who also holds the title of first miss and has added an extra layer on her filial pity to degrade herself as a Second Wife of a man who doubles her age, with no possibility for her off-spring to become the heir/s of the title. Old Madam is actually insulting Yujin, however, Cheng Old Madam is so greedy she will also disregard this fact.

  6. Don’t even think about it! She doesn’t want to be his second wife. Also, 9th Uncle won’t allow it.

    Many many many thanks for all the sponsored parts! 🥰❤️😘

  7. “She can be your second wife.”

    Who wants to be your second wife?!! So presumptuous! What’s so good about playing second fiddle to a spoiled brat? I thought the previous chapter where everyone was privately rolling their eyes at this family’s ridiculous requirements made a lot of sense. They want a virtuous perfect second wife who will be ready to accept that she will always take second place to the bratty son. Where do you get such a person who would have to be so good and so stupid at the same time to want to marry into that family?

    I really hope Yujin’s grandmother doesn’t greedily agree to this terrible match.

  8. kill.. kill.. KILLLLLLLL

    Anyone that dare to snatch Yujin in front of me(and Uncle of course) should disappearrr
    *angry growl noise*

  9. This swine didn’t even wait for the pearl to be thrown their way they directly want to go ajd take it for themselves.

  10. I nearly choked in anger. This family thinks theyre so great. Why don’t you overthrow the emperor and soar up into the heavens while youre at it!

  11. Why is the aunt also supporting the lawless behavior of this brat? Can’t she as a third party see how much it affects their family standing to have a kid like this? Also, I don’t understand why the Duke has declared this kid to be his shizi when he obviously realizes that he’s a problem. You don’t want other sons as a backup to this little punk?

    And why is it a problem for a kid to sit on the ground?! This kind of nonsense about it being cold is stupid. Kids sit on the ground all the time 🤦🏻‍♀️

  12. I’m sorry, Madam Cai, but your son has already strike out from Cheng Yujin’s potential husband list because of your own criteria for the second wife. I mean, unless the girl is really and truly infatuate towards your son, no girl wants that thankless and unpaid job as the Duke Cai’s second wife. And Cheng Yujin doesn’t love your son at all.

  13. Grandma single-handedly trying to end her family line and makes others wipe her butt for it, heck to the hell nah.

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